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'Glass ceiling' still daunts women in India Inc: Survey

Mar 06, 2014

The survey was conducted by a team inspired by the book, ‘Lady You’re Not a Man -The Adventures of a Woman at Work’, by Apurva Purohit.

Lady You are Not a Man

Bangalore: ‘Glass Ceiling’ does exist for women in the corporate sector and there is still a long way to go, says a new survey, quoting  67% of women in the education sector, 71% in the health sector, 60% in media & entertainment & around 63% in the manufacturing sector.

The survey was conducted by a team inspired by the book, ‘Lady You’re Not a Man -The Adventures of a Woman at Work’, by Apurva Purohit.

Purohit feels that this survey will help in building a positive environment for women in the corporate sector. “When organizations see what women really want, they are aligned to the concerns they have in the work place. Thus, the policies that they develop around gender-diversity will become more attuned to women and thus help create a better environment,” she said.

The research revealed that one of the most common things that a women employee is questioned in her job interview is about her ‘Job scenario post wedding’. Women feel that recruiters especially in the fields of education (70%), automobile (71%) & media & entertainment (60%) feel that recruiting a woman employee is risky as they might quit the job after marriage.

According to the survey, 55% of women in metro cities of India feel that they are more connected to their work and their workplace as compared to men. On the contrary, 80% of males feel otherwise as they do not agree that women are more attached to their work and workplace.

While discussing about ‘sexual harassment’ at work, the survey said that 53% in Delhi; 44% in Hyderabad and 57% of Women in Pune believe that they might be the subject of office gossip if they report any sort of ‘sexual harassment’. While 45% of Women in Mumbai and 40% of Women in Bangalore said that would not report any incident at work as they believe nothing will really come out of the same.

According to the survey, 27% of women also believe that working women take advantage through ‘lost babe in the woods’, ‘sexy diva’, and ‘emotional blackmail’ syndromes. Women are also most offended by not being taken seriously by men in a workplace, even more than having their cleavage stared at.

The researched set comprised of 84% of women & 16% men. Around 66% of the respondents belonged to the age bracket of 25-34. Most of the respondents work for the private sector including 40% from the Media & Entertainment segment.

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